Urban and Regional Studies
Urban and Regional Studies (URST) encompasses the environmental, aesthetic, social, economic, geographic, historical, political, and cultural aspects of cities, suburbs and regions. It advances in-depth study of some of the major challenges facing individuals and groups living and working in major metropolitan regions, such as the Detroit area. These challenges include:
- Economic development
- Urban poverty and income inequality
- Preservation and promotion of culture, architecture and art
- Land use conflicts
- Provision of adequate and sustainable transportation and housing services.
Urban and Regional Studies provides students with the knowledge, techniques and critical analytical skills that will enable them to effectively participate in changing cities and regions.
Pursuing a degree in Urban and Regional Studies at UM-Dearborn offers you the opportunity to combine real-world practice and theory. Students can specialize in areas such as urban and regional policy, community development, urban design and the environment.
Graduates of this program may consider careers in urban/regional planning, community organizing, non-profit management, public policy/administration, social services, and arts and culture management. They may also consider pursuing graduate education and research in areas such as geography, urban planning, sociology, anthropology, environmental studies, public policy and public administration.
The program is interdisciplinary by design, meaning that courses draw upon a variety of traditional academic disciplines – e.g. history, English, geography, economics, sociology and anthropology. Students are encouraged to rigorously and creatively integrate the theory and methods learned in these courses. In addition, a unique feature of the program is that students gain hands-on experience by working in the community through an internship, academic service learning and/or community-based research.
Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement
The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.
Areas of Inquiry
- Lecture/Lab Science Course
- Additional Science Course
Foreign Language Requirement
Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.
|Ancient Greek I and II||MCL 105 and MCL 106|
|Arabic I and II||ARBC 101 and ARBC 102|
|Armenian I and II||MCL 111 and MCL 112|
|French I and II||FREN 101 and FREN 102|
|German I and II||GER 101 and GER 102|
|Latin I and II||LAT 101 and LAT 102|
|Spanish I and II||SPAN 101 and SPAN 102|
|URS 300||Urban and Regional Studies||3|
|Select 12 credit hours in one of the three tracks||12|
|Select 12 credit hours from the other two tracks||12|
|Select 6 credit hours of academic-based community research satisfied through any combination of the following:||6|
|Urban Regional Stud Internship 1|
Independent Study 2
Designated approved 300/400, 3000/4000 level academic service learning (ASL) courses 3
|URS 450||Sr Capstone in Community Rsrch||3|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
Students may elect to participate in any CASL Internship program with approval from their faculty advisor and the Internship Program Director
3 credits of which can also be used to satisfy the credit requirements in a single track, with the approval of the program faculty director
See Civic Engagement http://umdearborn.edu/asl/.
Three Specialization Tracks
Track I: Urban Problems and Policy (CAUP)
|ECON 305||Economic Statistics||3|
|ECON 325||Economics of Pov and Discrm||3|
|ECON 482||Regional Economics||3|
|ECON 483||Urban Economics||3|
|POL 313||American State Government||3|
|POL 322||Mich Gov, Pol, & Publ Policy||3|
|POL 323||Urban Politics||3|
|POL 334||Organizing and Leadership||3|
|POL 360||American Policy Process||3|
|POL 4605||Science, Tech & Pub Policy||3|
|POL 466||Politics&Policies Soc Welfare||3|
|POL 467||Food Politics and Policy||3|
|POL 484||Revitalizing Cities||3|
|POL 489||Seminar in Urban Politics||3|
|SOC 350||Poverty and Inequality||3|
|SOC 403||Minority Groups||3|
|SOC 410||Quantitative Research||4|
|SOC 413||Qualitative Research||3|
|SOC 435||Urban Sociology||3|
|SOC 441||Sociology of the Auto Industry||3|
|SOC 473||Race, Crime and Justice||3|
Track II: Community Development, Culture, History (CAUC)
|AAAS 368||Black Exp in U.S.-1865-Present||3|
|AAAS 389||Odyssey of Black Men in Amer||3|
|AMST 300||Comparat. American Identities||3|
|ANTH 340||Race and Evolution||3|
|ANTH 376||Power & Privilege in SE Mich||3|
|ANTH 455||Immigrant Cultures and Gender||3|
|ARTH 426||City of Ancient Rome||3|
|COML 355||Urban Voices: France and Italy||3|
|ENGL 356||Reading Urban Monstrosity||3|
|ECON 361||U S Economic History||3|
|HIST 3601||Michigan History||3|
|HIST 3665||Automobile in American Life||3|
|HIST 3695||American City||3|
|HIST 383||Labor in America||3|
|SOC 304||Studies in Det.Hist. & Culture||3|
|SOC 4045||Dissed: Differ, Power, Discrim||3|
|SOC 423||American Social Classes||3|
|SOC 449||Black Family in Contemp Amer||3|
|SOC 458||Sociology of Education||3|
|ANTH 410||Archaeological Field School||3|
Track III: Environment, Design and Space (CAUE)
|ANTH 345||Cultural Ecology and Evolution||3|
|ARTH 365||Modern Architecture||3|
|ARTH 375||Urban Design Perspectives||3|
|ESCI 305||Intro to GIS||4|
|ENST 301||Concepts of Environmentalism||3|
|ENST 325||Environmental Politics||3|
|ENST 330||Land Use Planning and Mgmt||4|
|ENST 340||Remote Sensing||3|
|ENST 456||Ecological Economics||3|
|GEOG 300||Urban Geography||3|
|GEOG 310||Economic Geography||3|
|HIST 374||History of Industrial Technlgy||3|
Six credit hours of upper-level (300/400; 3000/4000 level, excluding MATH 385, MATH 386, MATH 387) coursework in a single discipline, in addition to any courses already elected in that discipline used to satisfy urban and regional studies requirements. Cognate courses will provide supporting skills or contexts for the study of urban issues. Internships in these disciplines will not be used to satisfy the cognate requirement.
- At least 18 of the 36 upper level hours required in the major must be elected at UM-Dearborn.
- In satisfying the academic based community research requirement, students must obtain approval of the URST faculty program advisor for internships, independent study, and “other” approved forms of academic service learning, prior to enrolling in the courses. Courses already designated as academic service learning (ASL, 300/400; 3000/4000 level only) do not require approval. ASL courses vary by semester.
Minor or BGS/LIBS Concentration
URST is also available as a minor, or as concentration in General Studies or Liberal Studies. The minor/ concentration requires 15 credit hours of upper level coursework including URS 300 and at least one course from each of the three tracks.
URS 300 Urban and Regional Studies 3 Credit Hours
In this course we will explore the field of urban and regional studies. The scope of readings is inter-disciplinary, spanning the environmental, aesthetic, social, economic, geographic, historical, political and cultural aspects of cities, suburbs and regions. The interrelationship between the spatial organization of a city, patterns of social and economic inequality, delivery of services, the relationship between culture and public space, as well as the processes of urban and regional change will all be considered. Problems such as race and class inequality will also be examined. Special attention will be given to issues of relevance in the Detroit metropolitan region (e.g. spatial, economic, cultural, political and social impacts of the loss of manufacturing jobs). Students will be introduced to methods of social scientific analysis and will begin to apply those methods to researching urban and regional community groups, enterprises and social movements.
URS 390 Topics Urban&Regional Studies 3 Credit Hours
Problems and issues in selected areas of urban and regional studies studies. Title as listed in Schedule of Classes changes according to content. Course may be repeated for credit when specific topic differs.
URS 450 Sr Capstone in Community Rsrch 3 Credit Hours
The capstone course is designed to assist students in integrating the concepts, theories, and methods of inquiry or urban studies into research for or in the surrounding metropolitan area. Open to students in urban and regional studies who have completed their community-based learning requirement for the concentration.
URS 485 Urban Regional Stud Internship 3 to 6 Credit Hours
The internship offers students the opportunity to learn and apply concepts learned in Urban and Regional Studies coursework to real world settings in municipal and regional government offices, non-profit and community organizations, or businesses dedicated to design, development, or data. The student has 8-16 hours of unpaid work per week under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Primarily for junior or senior URS students or other qualified applicants. Up to 6 credits can be used to fulfill the community-based research requirement for urban and regional studies concentrators, with the approval of the URS director.
Prerequisite(s): URS 300
Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman
URS 499 Independent Study 3 Credit Hours
Readings, community-based research and analytical assignments in accordance with the needs and interests of the student and approval of the instructor. Students must submit a written proposal of study for approval. In addition, students electing to take this course in partial fulfillment of their community-based research must get approval from the Director of the Urban and Regional Studies program. (F,W,S)